Thursday, July 07, 2016

Rate-A-Restaurant #371: El Tovar Dining Room (Grand Canyon)

El Tovar dining

Restaurant: El Tovar Dining Room

Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Village Loop Dr (Grand Canyon, AZ)

El Tovar dining

Type of restaurant: American

El Tovar dining

We stipulated: We were staying for one night at the historic El Tovar Hotel, right at the edge of the Grand Canyon. Quite a treat -- and to get the full experience, we wanted to dine at the hotel restaurant. Our friends, also visiting the Grand Canyon, joined us for dinner; we also tried breakfast there the next morning.

El Tovar dining

El Tovar dining

They stipulated: "Located in the historic El Tovar Hotel, this celebrated and majestic Dining Room is constructed of native stone and Oregon pine.  The murals on the walls reflect the customs of four Native American Tribes – the Hopi, the Apache, the Mojave and the Navajo. The ambience is rustic, but classic and traditional. You can imagine the countless number of intriguing characters that have dined here in the past.  Guests such as Teddy Roosevelt, President Bill Clinton and Sir Paul McCartney have dined and shared stories within these walls. The menu is traditional, integrating both international and local Southwest influences." See below for more info:

El Tovar dining

El Tovar dining

What we ordered: Mike: Fresh pan-seared halibut — $26.45 (Kalamata olive tapenade, taboulleh salad, grilled lemon, seasonal vegetables); Maria: Chicken El Tovar — $20.20 (two boneless chicken breasts over angel hair pasta with snap peas); Blogger Kids ate off the kids' menu. For breakfast, I tried the Polenta Corncakes with Prickly Pear Pistachio Butter - $9.70
El Tovar dining



High point:  The view -- watching the sun set over the Grand Canyon as we ordered our dinner was a treat.

Low point:  The food itself is fine, but not quite worthy of the high-end prices. Service also was slow, but that was actually a positive, as we weren't in a rush (we got an early table) and were able to enjoy our time there.

El Tovar dining

El Tovar dining

Overall impression: It's honestly what you'd expect and hope from a high-end restaurant at a historic lodge at the Grand Canyon.

El Tovar dining

Will we return: If we stayed again up at the Grand Canyon, we'd want to revisit the El Tovar, and yes, eat there again.

2 comments:

qazwsx said...

Try the Arizona Room next time: http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/dining/arizona-room/

Linda said...

Very nice review! Thank you so much for sharing.

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